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THE HEAT (2013)


Director: Paul Feig

Screenplay by: Katie Dippold


Cast: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Jane Curtain, Spoken Reasons, Dan Bakkedahl, Taran Killam, Michael McDonald, Thomas F. Wilson…

MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 117 minutes

Genre: Comedy/Action/Crime


Reviewed by Cherie Jung

(June, 2014)


FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is a prissy, by-the-book, know-it-all, pain-in-the-ass. No one really likes her, except the neighbor’s big orange cat named Pumpkin. Her boss dispatches her to Boston to track down a ruthless new drugs crime boss with only a slim lead to work with. If successful in bringing the gangster down, her boss may consider her for a big promotion. Reluctantly she is forced to partner with Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), a feisty, foul-mouthed, street-wise Boston cop.


While the foul language seems a bit over the top at times, it works. The unlikely alliance between these two law enforcement officers is both hilarious and poignant. The chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy is outstanding. Throughout the movie, there is never a dull moment. It’s a kind of cop/buddy/comedy/crime story all rolled into one movie. The characters in supporting roles could have easily gotten lost in the glow of the two lead actors but the director gives everyone a starring role. Although I love Sandra Bullock as an actress, I think Melissa McCarthy steals almost every scene she’s in except when she’s up against Pumpkin, the cat. And even then, it’s a tie.


If you’re in the mood for a rather non-traditional cop/buddy movie with loads of humor, give THE HEAT a try.

As for Pumpkin, the big orange cat, he’s in two of my favorite segments of the movie; one in the beginning and one at the end. As for Bullock and McCarthy, there are way too many favorite scenes to list here; besides, it would spoil the movie for those who are going to watch it.

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